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Old 09-27-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
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Cannot install nforce drivers slackware

When I try to install the nforce drivers I downloaded I get the following error.

ERROR: An NVIDIA network driver module 'forcedeth' appears to already be loaded in your kernel, possibly because it is in use. Please be sure the associated network interface is downed and the module unloaded before attempting to upgrade your driver. If you have trouble unloading the module, then an error has occured that has confused the usage count of kernel modules; the simplest way is to reboot the computer.

I've tried doing.
modprobe -r forcedeth
But it returns
Device or resource busy
I'm not sure how to down the network interface forcedeth is using, or how to find out what device it is using either.

Any help would be much appreciated.

I'm very new to Linux so I've been unsure what to look for in terms of help in doing the above.
Old 09-27-2006, 11:48 PM   #2
Wim Sturkenboom
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If you have only one network card
ifconfig eth0 down
PS There are a number of instructions, either somewhere on the nvidia site or in the documentation that will be installed when you install the driver (sorry, can't remember where I found them).
I went through a similar exercise a while ago, but can't remember what I did (it might have been that I did not start the network in the first place during the installation of slackware).
Old 09-28-2006, 07:11 AM   #3
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I had this problem and this is how I sorted it. It might have been a kludge but it worked.

Find the forcedeth module. If you are using a 2.4 kernel it will be forcedeth.o.gz for 2.6 forcedeth.ko. I am not at my linux box now and I cannot remember the path but it is somewhere in lib/modules

As root move the foreceth module out of there and put it somewhere for safe keeping eg in /root

Reboot the PC.

The nforce driver should install. You should be able to copy the module back if you want to.

Last edited by arubin; 09-28-2006 at 07:14 AM.
Old 09-28-2006, 11:30 AM   #4
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Why bother? The nforce driver isn't going to work any better than forcedeth (which works fine for me). And the sound driver isn't any better than alsa's intel8x0 driver, as far as I can tell.


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